The Iron Kettle

Posted: September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m now reading some of the diaries of American volunteers serving as soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Compared to the British they were a ragtag, disorganized and poorly provisioned bunch.

At one point the citizen soldier wrote of how he continued to carry around the standard issue cast iron kettle for cooking food. It was very heavy and carrying it increased the exhaustion that was growing minute by minute.

The irony was that they had no food to cook in the kettle anyway. So the cast iron burden they bore, perfect for another time when a stew simmered over the fire, served no purpose. And yet they continued to drag it from place to place.

Finally, the journal writer wrote, perched on the top of a hill, he gave a swift kick to the kettle and it rolled all the way down the hillside until it crashed into a fence. He later discovered that others had done the same.

How often do we continue to carry around what seemed to work yesterday though it has become not only useless but even a burden today?

  1. leslieclay1 says:

    Incredible food for thought. Let’s get rid of the life clutter and breathe.

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